you know what someone should blog about?

what if you found a person who spent their whole life ignoring and/or disdaining sports ("sports" in this case meaning men's pro sports, not that this person paid much attention to any type of sports or had any athletic ability themselves)...and then for whatever mysterious reasons, this person suddenly REALLY got into sports, or at least one sport, and had an absurd amount of catching up to do?

I mean, having to quickly learn the rules of the game, and its history, and the history of the team they root for, and the other teams and players in the league? and the championships and awards, and the minor and college leagues, and the draft and salary issues, and the controversies in this sport, and the in-jokes, and the pop culture references, many of which they've ignored or not understood all these years?

wouldn't that be quite a journey, from oddball (well, in the U.S., if not necessarily within their social circles) non-sports-fan into a true fanatic? doesn't this have the potential to be at least mildly interesting, to follow the constant, thrilling process of learning, uh...okay, that sounds pretty dorky, but you get the idea.

but what if, due to how harsh the world of sports fandom can be, they felt like they basically have to keep quiet and observe and learn for who knows how many months? years? before offering any legitimate commentary on the sport itself? and they're in the unenviable position of being fans of a team who has lots of new fans who are constantly derided as "bandwagon" fans by the longtime fans/sportswriters/bloggers? even more reason not to let on how new they are to this?

so...never mind all that "journey" stuff. no one wants to admit to their ignorance. so, in place of a blog like that, how about one with a lot of short and mostly silly observations about hockey (and sometimes baseball, and very rarely other sports)? will that do?

2 comments:

kensocrates said...

Sounds like a great idea to me. Thanks for the nod over there on the right. Reciprocated to this blog but let me know if you'd rather I link to the tumblr one. Boston and Chicago, the cities' culture and their sports teams, have always seemed distantly related to me somehow. Looking forward to reading the blog, K of C.

k of c said...

Thanks for being the first commenter! As I said on your blog, I stumbled across yours a few weeks ago while coming up with a name for mine. Good stuff.

I'm posting new content here AND moving Tumblr posts over, so this is the one to blogroll--thanks.

I got into hockey primarily via a Boston friend who's also a Blackhawks fan, and I've ended up a Chicagoan who's also a Bruins fan. Plus, I grew up with parents who are Red Sox fans...